Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Bayard.
Berlin , November, 15, 1887. (Received December 3.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that in pursuance of instruction No. 214, of the 5th of May last, in reference to the arrest and eventual release of three Americans, Charles Schwalb, A. C. Postel, and Julius Postel, at Zurich, in consequence of a request to that effect by telegraph from the authorities of the Grand Duchy of Baden, I addressed a note to the foreign office, under date of May 31, 1887, and that on the 14th of this present month I received an answer from Count Berchem, temporarily in charge.
A copy of my note to the foreign office and the answer, with translation of the latter, are herewith inclosed.
It will be observed that the recital of the facts contained in the response of the foreign office gives the grounds for the suspicion on which the authorities of Baden asked the arrest of the parties implicated, and states that while in view of these grounds of suspicion no valid objection to the action of those authorities can be taken, nevertheless it is greatly regretted that an unhappy combination of circumstances subjected these citizens of the United States to such painful suspicions and to the consequent sufferings at Zurich.
I have, etc.,